It all comes down to the rivalry he has had with Jon Jones, Jones was tearing up the Division when the two met, Jones taking the victory but the aftermath of Jones suspension and Cormier taking what many believe to be Jones title, still seems to resonate almost 2 years later. Jones tries to play the good guy when he really should be the bad guy, all troubled history aside, he should be the cocky young fighter that gets under other fighters skin and with his record he has every right to play that role. Cormier on the other hand comes across as the bad guy in all of this, sometimes leaning into that but he is the epitome of a good guy, in the same interview White was also quoted saying,
This is Cormier’s shot, defend the title in this rematch, go onto face Jones and do what he had planned the first time, beating Jon Jones and cementing himself as one of the greatest champions in UFC history.
Standing on the other side of the Octagon on Saturday night will be one of the baddest men on the planet, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, many including myself expected Rumble to take the victory last time these two met and even recently I’ve still been on the Rumble side but to see Cormier win and go onto finish this saga with Jones would seemingly be perfect. Rumble hits hard and knowing he has hurt Cormier before is going to make him even more hungry but as everyone knows, he is susceptible to the grind, something that Cormier does best. If this fight goes passed 2 Cormier should take it but there is still the time in between them for Rumble hurt you and finish you, quick.
Ultimately I see Cormier winning a decision but wouldn’t be surprised to Rumble take him out in the first.